Ran | 1985

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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Main Plot

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.


  • Tatsuya Nakadai plays the role of Taro Takatora, a loyal vassal who supports his father's plan to overthrow the king.
  • Akira Terao plays the role of Taro, a loyal and conflicted son caught in the chaos of his father's power struggle.
  • Jinpachi Nezu is a loyal and cunning advisor, who aids in the conspiracy against Lord Ichimonji and his family.


In the final moments of "Ran," directed by Akira Kurosawa, Lord Hidetora's castle lies in ruins as a result of his own madness and the violent conflicts between his children. The once powerful warlord wanders alone amidst the destruction, reflecting on his tragic downfall. The film concludes with a poignant image of Hidetora walking into the mist, symbolizing the end of an era and the futility of human power and ambition.

Akira Kurosawa